AudioPreview: Despite your best objections, cool

A half-dozen years ago, I remember when the file manager in the default Ubuntu desktop (back when it was a desktop, and not a smartphone screen) could preview audio files with a mouseover.

Everybody thought that was mega-cool, and great things were predicted for the future of Ubuntu. Whether or not that prediction came true is a matter of personal opinion.

Short of some meta-terminals that do mouseover previews, AudioPreview might be your best bet for similar behavior, at the command line.

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Your first instinct might be to ask, “Is it really necessary to have an entire application dedicate to playing a random 10-second preview of an audio track? Especially when there are command-line players dedicated to each format?”

I suppose that’s viable criticism. Even an unrelated command-line player — maybe even something like alsaplayer or mplayer, whose command-line interfaces are more like afterthoughts — could work.

And then you’d ask, “And why do I need to load on even more dependencies for this, when those other players are ready to go?”

I suppose that’s fair too. Depending on what audio you’re previewing, you’ll need variations on the gstreamer collection to preview them.

And I have no rebuttal; you’d do better either debating that yourself, or asking the author.

I can see where this might be useful if you have a lot of audio tracks to skim through though, and you don’t want the hassle of cueing up each one.

(The example comes to mind of a family member’s iPod, which dumped all its contents into a single folder with scrambled file names. Completely unhelpful. But that’s an iPod for you.)

And hey, this has color. That’s cool. :mrgreen: